House of Representatives yesterday called on the Inspector General of Police Mr. Solomon Arase, to effectively police the North Western zone of the country
House of Representatives yesterday in plenary called on the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Solomon Arase, to crack down on the activities of criminal elements operating within Katsina, Zamfara and other states of the North Western region of the country.
In a motion raised by Hon. Ahmed Dayyabu Safana entitled; “urgent need for Federal Government’s intervention in the continuing loss of lives and destruction of properties within Safana/ Batsari/ Dan Musa Federal Constituency of Katsina State due to the activities of armed robbers” noted with dismay that there has been continued and sustained attacks in these communities. Safana urged the IGP to carry out systematic operations in collaborations with states police commands of the affected states in order to save the continuous loss of lives and destruction properties within the region, due to the activities of the armed robbers.
According to him, the mag nitude of the mayhem being unleashed by these men of the underworld on the native of those areas has assumed a dangerous trend as the hoodlums not only kill and dispossess their victims of their properties but also maim their wives and daughters in their presence, while they are made watch helplessly.
He expressed concerned that across the various wards of his constituency, enormous casualties have been recorded, including over 283 lives lost; 10,000 cows, 30,000 sheep/ram and 20,000 goats killed, while over 9,000 persons have been adversely affected economically.
The law maker worried that owing to the incessant robbery attacks, some of the inhabitants of these areas almost on a daily basis, are now taking refuge in nearby bushes and trees for fear of the recurrent attacks by these criminals who carry out these atrocities with impunity.
Speaking further, he said despite persistence cries from the natives, nothing has been done by the Federal Government to contain these heinous crimes against the people of the area, thereby leaving the people whose basic means of livelihood is cattle rearing and farming, to live in fear, hardship and great sufferings.
He added that these incessant and gruesome attacks have brought the economic and commercial activities of these areas to a halt. The motion was unanimously adopted by the House when it was put to vote, and the House also urged the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), to provide relief materials for the victims so as to ameliorate their sufferings.